Studied Philosophy of Science, Philosopy of Religion, Ethics-- at Boston University Graduate School, 1966-1969... while also active in the movement to end the Vietnam war (the massive U.S. illegal invasion of Vietnam) at Boston University.
Helena Democratic Socialists of America July 4, 2019.
Western MT DSA Closed Group
Helena Supports Heenan
Join us at our community fundraiser to support John Heenan for Congress. Help us send John into the final month of the primary campaign on a high note (this event will be Johns last public appearance in Helena before the primary).
John Heenan is the fighter for working Montanans that we need representing us in Washington, DC, and is endorsed by Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, The People for Bernie Sanders, Montana Progressive Democrats, and Montana Conservation Voters.
Local fundraising co-hosts include Wilmot Collins and Maddie Collins, Amanda Curtis and Kevin Curtis, Rachel Carroll Rivas, Erin Farris-Olsen and Robert Farris-Olsen, Eric Feaver and Ellen Feaver, Katherine Hausrath, Jacquie Helt, Jim Jensen, Frank Kromkowski, Daniel Ladd, Cheryl Lamb and Mike Lamb, Dan Laughlin and Kiera Laughlin, Bonnie Lambert and Marshall Mayer, Josh Manning, Lorna Milne and Jonathan Motl, Casey Molloy and Jim Molloy, Nann Parrett and Aaron Parrett, Ken Toole, and Kim Wilson.
- HOST:Marshall Mayer
- LOCATION:Windsor Ballroom of the Iron Front Hotel (Helena, MT).
Collins, who arrived in Helena 23 years ago as a refugee from the civil war in Liberia, unseated 16-year incumbent Jim Smith. Collins, a child protection specialist for the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology, and a master’s degree in human resources management. His mayoral platform included addressing teen and veteran homelessness in Helena, ensuring access to clean water and pushing a return to community policing.
Collins joined with incumbent city commissioner Andres Haladay and commission candidate Heather O’Loughlin, director of the nonprofit Montana Budget and Policy Center, to form a “progressive ticket.” All three won in tight races, sweeping the municipal elections in Helena.
Many who know Montana as more than a red patch on an electoral college map weren’t surprised by the progressive sweep. Frank Kromkowski, an activist with Our Revolution-Helena and the local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America , points out that voters in Lewis and Clark County, of which Helena is the seat, favored Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. Sanders also won the state by more than six percentage points.
“Here in Helena, Bernie Sanders was really big,” says Kromkowski. Since the 2016 election, groups like Our Revolution and DSA have dramatically swelled their ranks and spawned local chapters in nearly every U.S. state. According to Our Revolution board chair Larry Cohen, the organization’s email list for Montana boasts 20,000 names. Neither Our Revolution nor DSA officially endorsed any candidates, but they did co-sponsor a forum with the progressive candidates and Kromkowski thinks many individual members supported the campaigns.